Joao Laporta, who was elected as the president of Barcelona recently, will be keen on making a few acquisitions in the summer.
Barcelona seem to be heading in the right direction under their manager, Ronald Koeman. Since their 4-1 loss to Paris Saint-Germain at home, the Spanish club are on an eight match unbeaten streak. Koeman is expected to carry on as the manager of the club for the next season as well given that he has earned the faith of his key players, including that of Lionel Messi.
Joao Laporta was sworn in as the president of Barcelona recently and has two main objectives on his list. Firstly, he has been tasked with the duty of solving the complicated financial crisis at the club, which has deepened owing to the Covid-19 pandemic. Secondly, Laporta must ensure that Barcelona have a successful transfer window in the summer while also achieving clarity over Lionel Messi’s future at the Camp Nou.
Barcelona’s summer transfer plans hinge on Lionel Messi’s future at the club. If he decides to leave the club, then the Catalans will have to make numerous signings to fill his void. However, it seems that Messi is has happy at the club, given their recent run of form and recent turn in fortunes following Josep Maria Bartomeu’s resignation.
Barcelona have managed to reach the finals of the Copa del Rey after an incredible comeback victory over Sevilla in the second leg of the semi-finals, and have also crawled their way into the second place in the La Liga table, and find themselves just four points behind Atletico Madrid.
Here is a look at the three summer signings that the Blaugrana could make despite their tight budget.
David Alaba is one of the most experienced defenders in Europe. The Austrian left-back has been part of two Champions League winning squads with Bayern Munich, after having spent almost 11 years at the club. Alaba’s contract at Bayern runs out this summer and he has confirmed his exit following the end of the season. This means that the 28-year old defender will become a free agent in the summer.
The acquisition of David Alaba will strengthen Barcelona’s backline which has tremendous room for improvement. Samuel Umtiti has fallen out of favor and as a result, Frenkie de Jong has to play out of position at the centre back. Quality and experience are just two of the primary traits of the David Alaba. The Austrian is also a flexible option to have in defence, given that he can play at centre-back and the left-back positions.
Thiago Alcantara is a former La Masia Graduate, having been promoted to the Barcelona main squad in 2009. He spent four seasons at the club, and was often overshadowed by the likes of Xavi and Iniesta in the midfield. He left the club in 2013 in favor of a move to Bayern Munich where he spent seven seasons. The Spaniard showed his world-class abilities during his stay in German, before making his switch to Liverpool last summer.
However, things have not gone according to plan at Merseyside so far. Liverpool’s style of play has not suited Thiago and he might be on his way out in the summer. Barcelona will be desperately looking to add some creativity in their midfield, given that Miralem Pjanic has failed to impress at the club. A move for Thiago will be ideal for the Spanish giants as he has absolute familiarity and experience of the side’s traditional playing style.
Memphis Depay, the Dutch winger will be under the radar of several clubs as his contract at Lyon runs out in the summer. Depay has continued to impress this season, scoring 14 goals in Ligue 1 and assisting another 9 goals. The likes of PSG and Juventus have expressed their intentions of signing the Lyon captain in the summer and he too, like Alaba will become a free agent once the season ends.
However, Barcelona will consider a move for Memphis Depay only if Lionel Messi decides to leave the club in the summer. If Messi decides to extend his stay, there is no reason as to why Joao Laporta should invest on a forward, with the likes of Ousmane Dembele, Antoine Greizmann, Ansu Fati and several young players already making their presence felt at the club.
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